Essential Tips for Taking Your Pet on Vacation

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EVERYDAY HOME  |  5.21.15  |  by Julie Rhodins

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When you go on a family vacation, there’s a lot to consider if you have a pet.  If the pet can be cared for while you are gone by a relative or friend, then that might be the best solution.  But if you don’t have that option or simply want your pet to come along with the family (and pets are part of the family!), then we have put together for you an Essential Pet Travel Kit for taking your pet on vacation so that you are prepared and can enjoy the travel together.

  Below is your Essential Pet Travel Kit ⬇

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Essential Pet Travel Kit

As you begin your vacation planning and the pack-up, here’s a great pet travel list for you —

  • Call ahead – accommodations pet friendly?  Call ahead and find out about any restrictions and what they require in terms of a possible extra pet deposit.  There are pet friendly destinations listed at sites like bringfido.com, petswelcome.com, tripadvisor.com.
  • Make a pet packing list. Write down what you need to take so that you don’t forget.  Essential items will be —
    • your pet’s ID collar
    • leash
    • sweater — if going to a colder locale
    • photo of your pet if it gets lost
    • local veterinarian or veterinary care center — it’s easier to look for quality recommendations ahead of your trip, when it’s not an urgent situation
    • pet food, water, and treats
    • pet toys
    • bedding and blanket — here’s a highly functional mobile cat bed from Sleepypod
    • water and food containers for your pet
    • a pet health certificate from your local veterinarian — this may be required by commercial airlines if you are flying with your pet
    • waste removal bags
    • litter box and supplies
    • vaccination record
    • any medications and supplements
    • pet car carrier — it can keep your pet more safe and comfortable.  We like the variety of quality, high-rated carriers and car seats at Snoozer.
  • Consider pet insurance.  A relatively new product that’s available is pet insurance, which would cover things like heat stroke, injury from jumping out of the car, motion sickness, accidents like bruising or sprains, inhaling debris while head is out the window — all travel-related pet injuries.  The pet insurance could protect you from hundreds of dollars in unexpected vet bills.  Ask your insurance company if it has pet insurance.  Also, petinsurance.com is an insurance option to check out.
  • Provide mobile food and water.  While you might be snacking and hydrating during your travel time, don’t forget that your pet also needs regular food and water.  Think ahead about your pet’s mobile water and food needs.  Here’s an inexpensive water dispenser — you fill the blue base, which also serves as a holder for the water bottle.

We also give tips in this article on protecting your pet from the heat.  This would be important-to-know information if you’re going to a warm-weather vacation and also for keeping your pet hydrated and cool during long car trips.

Do you have pet travel tips to share?

Let us know in the comments below⬇

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